|Ken Webster began his Las Vegas legal career in 1999 as an Associate with the law firm of Earley Savage. Ken's early practice focused on general liability, premises liability, and construction defect litigation. In that capacity, Ken prepared numerous auto and premises cases for arbitration and successfully moved those cases through that process to resolution. Ken's construction defect clients were comprised primarily of sub-contractors on multi-family and casino/resort projects. In 2002, Ken's practice focus switched to the area of medical malpractice representing hospitals, doctors, surgery centers and nurses.
In 2004, Ken helped open the Las Vegas office of Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC, and in 2006, Ken was made a partner in the firm. Currently, his primary practice area is medical malpractice with an emphasis on hospital defense. Ken has significant experience in the discovery and pleading phase of complex, high-exposure medical malpractice cases and has taken several to trial as both first- and second-chair. Ken's extensive experience in cases involving neurologic injury, birth trauma, wrongful death and dismemberment, helped him obtain excellent results at trial, and even better settlement results. The following are a sampling of settlement agreements Ken brokered since his affiliation with Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC.
Martinez v. Sunrise Hospital - alleged birth injury to a pre-term infant resulting in substantial neurologic injury. Initial demand to Sunrise Hospital, $3,000,000. The matter settled with a $15,000 contribution from Ken's client.
Gray v. Sunrise Hospital - alleged failure to monitor and timely intervene in post-operative complication from an implanted dorsal column stimulator resulting in paralysis and other neurologic injury of a 34-year old woman. Total settlement exceeded $5,500,000. Ken's client contributed $25,000.
Kimura v. Sunrise Hospital - alleged failure to monitor and intervene in a case of respiratory depression following thymectomy resulting in the death of a 54-year old man. Ken's client was able to settle their exposure in the case for $25,000.
Gomez v. MountainView Hospital - alleged failure to provide adequate policies and procedures, operative nursing support and post-operative monitoring in a vaginal hysterectomy resulting in significant internal injury and long-term pain and suffering from transected ureter. Plaintiff settled with Ken's client for a waiver of the outstanding hospital bill, and no monies were paid.
Although not an appellate attorney, Ken has done the discovery and motion work in two significant appellate decisions in the state of Nevada. In In re Guardianship of L.S. & H.S. Â¸120 Nev. 157, 87 P.3d 521 (Nev. 2004), Ken successfully navigated the issue of parental consent for the administration of blood products despite religious objection. In Monroe v. Columbia Sunrise Hosp. and Med. Center, 158 P.3d 1008 (Nev. 2007), Ken successfully moved to dismiss a birth trauma case for failure to comply with a technical rule requiring the Plaintiff to get the case to trial within five years, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Ken provides risk management support for his clients and has spoken on numerous occasions at Grand Rounds for local hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers regarding ways nurses can better document their care. Ken is continually working with his clients to help them decrease their exposure to litigation through the modification of their policies, practices and procedures.
Vermont Law School, J.D., 1999; Dean's Fellow 1998-1999
Professional and Community Organizations
Nevada State Bar Association